After serving at the Kent Bishops’ Storehouse Saturday we climbed in to Hi Ho
and headed east. We were headed to Scottsdale for the Arabian horse show.
First of course we had to go through Oregon. This is what we woke up to in Pendleton.
We stopped in Nampa, ID to have lunch with my sister Jill, her granddaughter Sydnee, my niece Stephanie and her husband Roger. After we figured out Barbara could be the “Agent of death” we headed on east then south. We spent the second night in Jackpot NV. Driving down Nevada we came across this “stop”
then on to Las Vegas for the third night. We decided to take a side trip and drive down onto Hoover dam.
Then on to Jerry & Jane’s for our base of operations. We got to visit the Gilbert Arizona Temple open house
Then we had dinner in Mesa AZ at an Old LDS chapel that has been converted to a restaurant and reception house.
They have a great salad ROOM.
It seemed a little funny eating dinner in the old chapel. Wonderful old windows.
Finally we attended our first day at the Arabian horse show.
All of Brooklyn’s events were in the Equidome.
Friday night of the show Jerry & Jane came to the show. Some good friends who now live in Glendale, Dan and Melissa McAfee, came to visit with us as the show also.
The show lasted 5 days for us. On Saturday afternoon, my brother Jerry and his wife Jane hosted a BBQ for all the gang from the “Stables”. They also picked fresh citrus to take home (and some we ate there)
Sunday morning we went to church with Albert and Donna Jean in Apache Junction. Good to see them again. I have know them since the mid 60′s.
Monday evening we had dinner at the Texas Roadhouse in Mesa. A friend of ours from Kent, Ashley, works there and we were able to eat in her section. Great food and even greater service.
Tuesday morning we are off headed west (kind of). We went to Yuma for more site seeing
They had a list of some of the famous prisoners. Here are two.
After we left Yuma we headed toward Palm Desert to visit some friends and drop off fresh citrus to be shipped to Alaska. Not far north of El Centro we were stopped by a border patrol check point. About a mile before the actual checkpoint we passed about 30 portable cameras that took pictures of everything. When we got to the checkpoint more cameras and lots of dogs. We were waved through by a not too friendly agent. We found out later that a border patrol agent had been shot in San Diego the evening before. As we approached our friends place and were waiting at the light to make a left hand turn, a border patrol pickup pulled over a car, one of the agents jumped out of the passenger’s side of the pickup even before it had made a complete stop, gun in hand, and ran towards the stop car. The light then changed for us and we got out of there. Never did hear any more about that.
More driving west on I-10 and trough LA and to the Pacific Coast Highway. Stopped at McDonald’s, Malibu (they have a great view of the ocean). We took a side trip up Malibu Canyon into the Santa Monica mountains. We come to a County/State/Federal park that was the site of King Gillette’s old mansion.
Some famous people have property up here.
Then on to 101, right through down town San Francisco, cross the Golden Gate Bridge
We stopped near Santa Rosa and had lunch with a longtime ( I would say old but that would get me in trouble) friend Marsha and her grandson. Another night on the road and then north towards the Giant Redwoods.
The least we paid for gas was $2.99 per gallon in Las Vegas and the most in California
There are wild Elk just north of here.
Another night on the road then one more night at Rundi’s then home. After we left Baker City at the first part of the trip we had great weather until just before Olympia as we got home.
15 days and over 4100 miles we had a great time. Thanks to all who helped us.
Friday afternoon we jumped into good ole faithful Hi Ho Silver
and headed south to Rundi’s to spend the night. The next morning our trip continued with Rundi added as a passenger. We drove along the Oregon coast
and had some wonderful views.
Our destination was Newport, OR to see the Coastal Act Productions of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
Harlyn was the music director this year
and Reegan played numerous parts.
Reegan played a child in the Pharaoh’s court
and one of Jacob’s grandchildren
but her lead role was the goat who was killed to put blood on Joseph’s coat
This lead us to tell her she needed a better agent. In “Titanic the Musical” she was a 3rd class passenger who died when the ship sank. In “Alice” she was a clam that was eaten, and now slaughtered in this play. She seems to be cast in roles she “dies for”.
After the afternoon performance we took the 2 girls for something to eat and then dropped them off for their final show. Barbara, Rundi and I headed back to Rundi’s for the night.
They won the right to represent their region in the state competition. They get a robot and then they add to it with Lego pieces to do a series of “Missions”.
They had 3 tables set up for the action.
Each mission lasted 2 minutes 30 seconds.
The action was shown on the “Jumbo-tron”
Two team members ran the robot and the others looked on.
We all had a great time and it was VERY enjoyable to see and the interest the kids had. “We will get them next year”.
Then we headed back to Rundi’s for the night and them home for the two of us.
The tree was up
and the stockings were hung up the staircase with care.
The Saturday before Christmas I had the privilege of serving at the Kent Washington Bishops’ Storehouse. When I got home, Barbara had everything ready to go and we jumped into good ole “Hi Ho Silver”
and headed south to Rundi’s. KFC for dinner on the road and finally Rundi’s. Good night’s sleep then off to Newport Oregon to attend our youngest grandchild, Ella’s baptism.
She looked beautiful in the dress Grandma made for her and the new shoes her Aunt Rundi got for her.
It was a great program with the whole family being involved. Grandma Colleen lead the music, Aunt Rundi gave the opening prayer, Grandma Barbara gave the talk on baptism, her father baptized her
with Grandpa Orson and Grandpa Jack as witnesses. Then uncle Spencer gave the talk on the Holy Ghost and her dad confirmed her with the aid of the two grandfathers, her uncle and two others. Grandma Colleen again lead the music for the closing song and her BIG sister Reegan gave the closing prayer.
We then had some very good homemade soup and other tasty goodies. Rundi, Barbara and I took off headed north to Rundi’s again.
Monday we had a lazy day then off to look at Christmas lights in the Vancouver WA area. This was after we got the lights on Rundi’s naivety display working again.
Tuesday was another not too busy day then we were off to see “Saving Mr. Banks” at the Cinetopia Theater at Vancouver Mall.
This is a movie place where you sit in a lounge area, order dinner and then watch the movie. Great movie using your whole range of emotions. We then went home and snuggled in and waited for Santa.
Christmas morning we had McDonald’s for breakfast, open gifts,
talked to family and got ready for one of our Christmas traditions.
One of our (my) favorite Christmas shows is “Christmas Story”
and so now we go to a Chinese restaurant for our dinner.
Great food and good company as Dan and his wife Ping joined us. She has recently come to the US from China so she ordered and we all ate very well.
Back to Rundi’s and then more Hallmark Christmas Chick Flicks, and to bed.
Headed home on Thursday and “A good night to all”
Happy New Year
Hi Ho Silver became “Quick Silver” this last weekend.
I left home headed for Mayfield, Idaho (a very small community between Boise and Mtn. Home).
Purpose was to scatter our father’s ashes in “Cowboy” country overlooking the Old Oregon Trail.
I got into Mtn. Home Saturday morning and took a drive around town. I drove by the home our family bought new in 1955. They paid $9950.00 for a two bedroom, one bath with a full unfinished basement. I lived there from the 5th grade through high school.
Then I drove over to visit with Bruce, my step-dad. There is a tree in his front yard that has been there for a very long time. The first time we saw it was in 1978 when we were visiting from Australia. It is much larger now.
On the way to church, saw this interesting sign at the local truck dealer.
Church Sunday morning where I met up with an old friend who I went to high school with, then on to the Stage Stop, our meeting place at 2PM. While we were waiting for all to arrive, our sister Jamie called from Costa Rica, where she now lives.
We then convoyed out into the county, off the paved road and onto trails.
We reached the top of one of the hills which had been scouted out and chosen a few weeks earlier by our sister Janice. The weather was perfect, high 60’s, blue skies and of course the wind which always blows there. This made the scattering of the ashes much easier.
Kenny, who is the baby in the family, was chosen to do the honors. As the ashes were scatter we released balloons, brought by our other sister Jill. A few comments were made to each other, a joke or two about the area and how heavy the ashes were. You get to imagine others.
Dinner with Kenny (our baby brother, who by the way is a granddad) and his family then I took off for home. Arrived home Monday evening, it was a great trip coming home. Nice blue skies, in the 60’s, great fall colors, very little road works and even fewer “idiots” on the road.
Barbara and I headed south to Newport for the Lincoln County Fair.
Harlyn arranged a VERY nice room at one of the local places he does business for.
Reegan is in a 4H horse club
and we went to watch her do her thing.
Ella also got to ride after the 4H events.
We had great weather for all three days we were there. Friday was Cari’s birthday and all her family drove in to surprise her. We had chicken and others goodies, along with a cake.
A great time was had by all. Then Saturday morning we had another “party” at their home with the catering being done by the chef at the Lodge Harlyn does work for. Then home for Barbara and I.
Thursday morning we again jumped into “Hi Ho Silver”
and headed south to Rundi’s. We spent a restful night there and then up Friday morning and off to Newport for our granddaughter’s 7th birthday party.
We arrived at their home and got to help with some of the decorations. They were using what we used to call “pipe cleaners” but now it is PC to call them “fuzzy sticks”. The theme for the party was “Winter Wonderland” and we were making snowflakes that the 12 7 year old girls (more about them later) could decorate.
Then we left home and headed to pick up the ready to bake pizza, then on to the Newport Community Center
Blow up balloons
hang up lights,
put out the teddy bears,
donated by grandma, get out the cake
and other refreshments.
12 excited 7 year old girls. When the guest arrived they got to make snowflakes
and of course they all brought gifts.
The girls had a snowball fight complete with forts to hide behind (cardboard forts with marshmallow snowballs)
I think daddy had as much if not more fun than the girls.
Time to have something to eat
and the largest squeals came from the girls playing in the blowing snow (nice touch with the snow machine).
More fun and games and then to the important part of cutting the cake ( Cari made the cake, of course)
and the pops were made of cake with frosting of some kind on them
It was fun and delicious all at once.
and opening the gifts
and a game with the teddy bears as prizes
and they all went home.
We waited until the morning, had breakfast at the girls favorite breakfast place and then we headed back north to get home for church on Sunday. Great trip and lots of fun.
Saturday morning the 17th, Barbara climbed into “Get’em up Scout”
and headed south to Rundi’s. She went down early to help get ready for Thanksgiving. Harlyn, Cari and the girls were coming up on Monday to assist also.
Wednesday, just after noon, one of our great neighbors took me to the Amtrak station in Tukwila where I boarded the Cascade train headed south.
The train was quite full and a young soldier got on in Tacoma and sat next to me. He is stationed at JBLM and was headed home to Eugene Or to spend the holidays with his family. Very interesting young man. He was a “civilian intelligence gather”. In non-military language that is an interrogator. He had some interesting stories but if he told me he would have to kill me.
I arrived at the Vancouver, WA station and Harlyn and his family picked me up. It is always great to see them; the two young girls have so much energy. More about that later. Rundi had to work late that night so we did not get to see her until after 10PM.
The rest of the evening was filled with Reegan and Ella practicing their “dismount” from the “beam”
The best that was scored was a 9.92 (I am a very hard judge)
Ella had learned to play Chinese checkers and so she taught me. I’m not sure of the exact rules but I know Ella’s. She won some and I won some.
Thanksgiving Day the house smelled very good early
and we had our dinner about 2:30. Of course I forgot to take the before photos, but did get some after ones.
After dinner we had some great homemade berry pie made by Cari.
Harlyn took the two girls to the park (part of the get rid of the energy program).
On the way home they found two Mormon Missionaries walking along the road,
so they picked them up and brought them home for dessert. Nice young men and we all had a great time. Harlyn would not let me harass them and pretend I knew little about their religion.
Rundi had to work Friday so she went to work, Harlyn, Cari and the girls left for home and Barbara and I checked for leaks in our eyelids and looked after Frankie (Rundi’s act).
Saturday morning we got into “Get’em up Scout”
and headed home for a dark but dry drive.
We have a lot to be thankful for this year and look forward to a great 2013. Cari made a Thankful Turkey
and we got to pin tail feathers on with the things we were thankful for. A great tradition and we look forward to adding more feather next year.
Saturday morning July 21stwe jumped into Hi Ho Silver
and our chauffeur Steve Klem took us to the airport where got on a Delta A319 Airbus
and headed to SLC. While we were waiting to board Barbara got us breakfast. She wanted me to think we were headed to Hawaii to she got the Hawaii McDonald’s breakfast, white rice, fried Spam and scrambled eggs. Quite tasty. Since I was slow in getting our seat assignment we did not get two seats together nor did we get an aisle like Barbara likes. Here is where Delta scores the first of many good deeds. When we got to the gate, the agent call our name and when I went up there she gave us new boarding passes together and upgraded us to Economy Comfort seats including as aisle at no charge. (they are normally $29.00 each)
We had a 2.5 hour lay over before we got on the Delta Connection RCJ 200
headed for ABQ. While we were waiting a very nice gate agent told us they were overbooked (surprise, surprise, surprise) and if we wanted to give up our two seats we would get $200 Delta credit each and meal vouchers and confirmed on the next flight only 1.5 hours away. Since we did not have to be in ABQ at any particular time, we said yes. But when they were ready to board they only needed one so we did not get the offer. It does not take long to board 50 passengers so off we went to ABQ, traded our “baby jet” for a Mazda 6 (they call this a full size car),
had diner at a local truck stop and then on to our motel for a quick check-in.
The purpose of our trip was to watch Brooklyn ride in the Youth National Championship Horse Show
Next morning we were up at o’dark thirty (who rides at 8AM on a Sunday morning) so we could meet Brooklyn for breakfast at 7AM. We got exhibitor’s parking passes so into the show grounds we went. Then on to a side road with a lady guarding the way in. I asked if there was handicap parking down there and she says she did not know but we could go look. We drove straight to the Horse arena front door and parked. Brooklyn rode at 8AM and did well and went through to the next round.
We watched a couple more events then on to find church. On the way Barbara got VERY bad stomach cramps, so bad in fact that I took her to the University of New Mexico Medical Center ER. Readers Digest version. Checked in at 11AM, sat in the waiting room until 6PM (they did keep checking on her and the pain had eased), went into an exam room at 6PM and the Dr. saw her at 9PM and admitted her to the hospital at 5AM. They are very through there and they ran many tests and she was discharged about 5PM Tuesday. Love those beds that keep airing up and changing the support spots. Barbara is fine and all they could figure after MANY exams and at least 6 quarts of blood (well maybe not quite 6) was that she has some sort of intestinal virus that the antibiotics fixed in the 2+ days she was there.
On Monday while Barbara was being well looked after I went to watch Brooklyn ride again. Did not do well but that is only because the judges were BLIND.
After Brooklyn rode she went up to see grandma and made some friends for her from some PURPLE exam gloves
filled with water and faces drawn on them.
Monday evening the group from Melville stables
invited me to go to dinner with them to a local “hot spot” the “Le Pinto” in NW ABQ.
Nice looking place and though we had thunder storms and it was a Monday evening they were busy. I requested a table for 12 and in a timely manner we got to sit out in the covered patio. Nice old Spanish style building and the wait staff were great.
This is the end of the good story. When we go to our table they only had settings for 11 not the 12 we had requested. It took ages for the drinks to arrive. 2 of the 12 meals were sent back as they were not as ordered, we asked for extra salsa twice and none arrived. I had the “House Specialty” Chile con Carne Enchiladas and not only was it not tasty, it had set under the heat lamp way too long and the cheese was hard and crusted. The final decision is that none of us would probably go back.
On now to Tuesday and Barbara coming out of the hospital, we left about 5PM and went straight to get her something to eat as she had not eaten since 7AM Sunday. Back to the motel and she went to sleep at 7:30 PM and got up at 9:30 (AM) Wednesday.
We went to watch Brooklyn ride twice that afternoon. Once the horse played up
and then once again we had the blind judges.
We picked Brooklyn up from their hotel and we went to dinner, although she had found the in house bakery and some very good cake before we got there so she did not each much. Dropped her off and we went back to get some more sleep.
Thursday Brooklyn left for home and Barbara and I went exploring. We found more of the old Route 66
and found a Sonics and happy hour and a couple of HUGE LDS chapels. Back to the motel and some TV and laundry.
Friday we did some more exploring (that is code for garage saleing, flea markets and trading posts). More sightseeing enjoying more of the 95 degree very dry weather. And more of Route 66
We found a new and interesting High School in SW ABQ. The Atrisco Heritage High School. Ahahighschool.com Check it out.
When I went to check in with Delta on Friday evening they again became heroes. In the middle of the things you need to click on to get checked in was a banner that asked if we wanted to upgrade to First Class from SLC to SEA as there are no first class on the RCJ 200’s. The cost was $75.00 per person. Now it cost us $25.00 per bag to check the two bags coming down and we bought another bag there to bring home the extra goodies (See Friday activity) So that was $150.00 – $85.00 for checking 3 bags in economy and then if we upgraded to Economy Comfort for another $58.00 for two that makes it $3.50 each to go to first class. This was a no brain er and when you figure the cost of the free booze in first class (oh wait we don’t drink). Anyway it was a very nice upgrade. Delta rules!!!
Saturday was filled with last minute details. While I went to check in the car, Barbara checked the bags. As we had not been assigned seats together (because of my slow actions before we left) the very nice agent changed our seats and gave us 1 A & B,
leg room on the bulkhead. Delta strikes again!!!
As we went through security the gloves the TSA agents were using was a brand named “Better Feel”. I don’t care who you are that is funny.
The only thing that would have made this flight any better was if our friend and Captain for Sky West had been our pilot.
SLC was a quick connection and we got from terminal E last gate to C 07 just as they called first class. Great seats and comfort home on a local built 757
When we got to SEA our son Stephen and his family met us and hauled us home. Stephen even carried the VERY heavy bags up stairs so we could unpack in the morning.
Wednesday we jump into good ’ole Hi Ho
and headed south. We stayed the night at Rundi’s and headed for the Oregon Coast Thursday morning, stopping at the Woodburn Outlet mall
then on to Newport.
The goal of this trip was to help Reegan celebrate her 9thbirthday
Even though her birthday was not that day she had planned a party for some of her friends. We helped decorate by hanging streamers
and other decorations,
and blowing up balloons
(Ella helped me with this job). About 6PM guests start arriving for a 7PM start.
9 eight and nine year old girls.
First we had appetizers and popcorn
then pizza and pink lemonade, then for dessert we had “grilled cheese” sandwiches
and “Tomato” soup.
Ask Reegan what they really were.
The invitations had asked them to bring mud boots and pajamas. In their treat bags were glow in the dark sticks and LED flashlights. So outside in the rain they went and played flashlight tag and harassed the chickens. Once they were all wet and muddy, they came inside, changed into their PJ’s and we opened presents.
Lots of squeals of joy (I think that is what they were).
Reegan would not let me try out her new longing whip.
(I thought it was a new fishing pole when it was wrapped). After the presents were opened
they each had a pillow cover to decorate and then take home.
Mom starts cleaning up
Barbara and I left about that time and missed the movie and the goodbyes as the party ended about 10:30 PM.
I guess we are getting too old for all the excitement and the sounds of that many young ladies having fun.
After breakfast at the Pig N Pancake
where we again celebrated Reegan’s birthday and Ella’s getting a new bike because she can now ride with no training wheels, we headed towards home.
No excitement coming home except for the sunshine and no rain.
Easter weekend started on Thursday the 5th when Harlyn and his family arrived to help drag us kicking and screaming into the 21st Century as far as our TV system goes. We finally upgraded from a 53” rear projection 13 year old TV (which by the way still works) to a HD LED TV.
The first challenge is we had to run a HDMI cable from the component cabinet up to the attic, over the walls and then down under the house. We ran out of time as Harlyn was also in town to help DJ at a friend’s wedding so they had a rehearsal that evening. So with the family room in pieces and the TV not working, we waited until Friday morning to finish the job. The TV works fine, but the 15 year old Sony receiver does not have a HDMI in or out so no sound except through the TV speakers. So off to Best Buy for a new receiver (this one has 6 HDMI ports) and all kinds of features that will take us in the 23rd century (at the rate I upgrade).
Hooked it up and it works great, better than ears can detect. The Denon receiver has a set up microphone that receives sounds from the speakers and sets them for the “sweet” spot. Now that is neat.
On Saturday Barbara bought some daffodils that were still in the “bud” stage. They came out overnight and looked great.
Sunday came and off to church. Harlyn’s family came back over after church and we had dinner. Saturday afternoon Barbara made some deviled eggs. These are special “peeps” and Reegan and Ella helped by putting the black olive eyes and carrot noses on them.
Leg of Lamb, ham, two types of potatoes, 3 other veggies, baked rolls, sparkling cider, green salad and other stuff too numerous to mention was the fare.
Dessert was “bunny” cupcakes and finally we got to the baskets someone left for us.
All is well except that we do not have an HD Blu-ray player so I guess that is next on the wish list (Hint, hint, hint)